Commentary

August 15, 2014

Chaplain’s Thoughts

Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler
56th Fighter Wing Chapel

Laughter and leadership

I have an old high school buddy I keep tabs on through Facebook. I know, the cool kids are on Twitter, but read on anyway.

We have this freedom to pick on each other in a variety of ways from our greying and/or balding heads, to old-man jokes, to the fact that I was always a better athlete and better looking than he was “back in the day.” We are friends who, though separated by time and distance, can nonetheless provide each other with some good-natured ribbing from time to time.

Many leaders believe that when they find humor and cajoling in their units, it is a sign of a healthy unit. A lack of banter can be a sign that people are disgruntled and concealing bitterness and resentment toward one another.

Air Force units rightly take pride in a “work hard, play hard” ethos; yet sometimes we forget the latter. I encourage leaders at every level to encourage a lighter moment from time to time; an appropriate joke or a sharing of a funny video that’s gone viral. Whatever it might be, I encourage you to laugh and to free up your people to laugh. It was Mark Twain who said: “Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.” Enjoy that blessing and don’t forget to laugh.

Blessings from Above …

 




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